Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump mooted the creation of a “security zone” in northern Syria as tensions rose over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country.

In a statement, Turkish presidency said, in a telephone conversation, the leaders “discussed the idea of creating a security zone cleared of terrorism in the north of the country.

Trump confirmed this in a tweet later, but referred to the proposed area as a “safe zone.”

This came after turkey vowed it “will not be intimidated” by trump’s threats of economic devastation if Ankara attacked Kurdish forces as us troops withdraw from Syria.

Earlier, trump warned the US would “devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds”.

Ankara has repeatedly threatened to carry out a cross-border operation against the Kurdish people’s protection units, which have been working closely with the United States in the war on IS group.